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SEASON 3!! We have had this podcast for 2 years now and I want to thank all of you who have contributed by listening and passing along this podcast to others. My utmost gratitude to y'all HUGS!!!
Today Eric and I talk about my freak out. I am having surgery on my carpal tunnel. What does your body do when your freaked out? My body just goes into this panic mode where everything goes fast, I can’t stop my brain from racing about all the things. Do you have support when it comes to moments of freaking out? What tools might you have?
Just after this recording I called an old co-worker of mine who worked at the surgery center, he’s like an uncle to me. He talked to me about my surgery because he has had it done bilaterally as well. He is also a nurse like my mom and I found comfort in his words and knowledge. He talked to me straight up and gave me all of the tips that I will need to know. He walked me through the going to sleep process as I feel very fearful of that. Then he told me what I should do when I start to wake up and look around and maybe look at my hands wiggle my fingers ever so slightly. Knowing all of this stuff about pre-op and recovery helps my brain prepare for what to expect so it doesn’t feel like the unknown. He also reassured me that I will manage this and he had confidence that I will be okay. He even was prepared to take care of me at the place he was staying. That made me feel so good. Even though i’m not having surgery in his town it was so sweet to know he was gonna be there for me.
I constantly and truly reach out to people that I trust and feel safe with to help regulate my system in times of need. This choosing of supportive people makes a huge difference in how you are witnessed and accompanied.
I hope you enjoy an episode of empathy and what it is like to accompany another when they are having a freak out and a wave of emotions. Eric does a great job of reflecting, finding needs, hearing me and holding space while witnessing my discomfort in all this. My experience going forward might be feeling a little more ease after talking with Eric. We shall see.
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